Grayson and Anna woke up face to face in each others’ arms. As their eyes opened, their lips met.
“How did you sleep last night?” Grayson asked Anna.
“Wonderfully. I can’t remember the last time I slept that well.”
Grayson then hugged Anna tightly until she said, “Oh please let go, if you squeeze me anymore, I’ll wet your bed. Let me use
the bathroom then you can hug me all you want.”
Grayson instantly let go, then gently kissed her forehead.
Anna walked to the bathroom and relieved herself.
After Anna flushed and was running the water to wash her hands, Grayson shouted, “Now I have to go-I’ll use the main bathroom.”
Grayson walked out of his room and up the hall, then entered the bathroom and he too relieved himself.
After he flushed and washed his hands, he walked back to his master bedroom and saw Anna sitting on the bed, still in the clothes from the night before. He was extremely turned on.
He stared lovingly at Anna, to which she giggled.
Part of him wanted so desperately to make love to her, but the
other part wanted their relationship to be right in God’s eyes.
Soon he had a look of distress on his face from the conflict in his heart.
Anna noticed and asked, “What’s the matter, Grayson?”
“I want to love you and know you and I mean to know you in the
Biblical sense of the meaning, but I also want our relationship to be blessed by God.”
“I think God would understand if we became intimate before we were married, especially given the whole situation.”
“But I want our wedding night to be special too, however, another part of me is powerfully attracted to you. When you mentioned how you would wet my bed if I squeezed any tighter, all I could think about were your womanly parts and it made me desire you that much more.”
Anna giggled, then kissed him.
Grayson continued, “I love you so much, Anna, and I know in worldly terms that does warrant intimacy, but I revere you too and I revere our relationship and want it to honor God.”
“I won’t ever pressure you for sex, though I very well could have sex with you in a heartbeat, Grayson. Honestly, I’m touched that you’re such a gentleman and it makes me fall for you even more.”
They kissed again.
Grayson looked at his G-Shock.
It indicated 11:30 AM.
Grayson said, “I think, as long as we’re not alone together in a
private place, except to sleep, we’ll be okay, so for now, why don’t we go have fun. There is a park along the waterway not far from the docks where I work. We can spend the day there and hang out. I can show you all the tug boats, tow-boats, freighters and barges that travel on the waterway.”
“I guess we can go there, but I’d go anywhere if it meant we could be together.”
“What should I wear to this park?”
“How about that pink shirt with those blue denim overalls? You
would be so durn cute if you wore that!”
“Good, then, that’s what I’ll wear.”
“Now what would you like me to wear?” Grayson asked.
Anna looked through Grayson’s closet and pulled out a dark brown pair of work pants. She then found a white Oxford shirt and pulled it out as well, then said, “Wear those, with that newsboy hat and those work boots you have! It looks vintage, I guess, but I appreciate your old fashioned values. God, I never thought I’d hear myself saying that!”
“You realize it’s 2017 and not 1917, right?”
“You realize how I was brought up? I appreciate vintage fashion.”
“You’re right, I’ll put them on.”
Both got dressed, then the stepped out of the cabin and walked to Grayson’s truck.
Grayson opened the passenger door for Anna and helped her in.
“You still want to get the door for me even though I’m not wearing a skirt for you to peek under, I know I’ve found someone wonderful,” Anna said as she kissed him.
Grayson gently rubbed her face and kissed her in return, then said, “I’ll always get the door for you because it’s the right thing to do for such a lovely lady as yourself!”
Afterward, he walked to the driver’s side, entered then started
They drove to the park and Grayson stopped his truck right on the waterfront, with the bed facing it.
Grayson stepped out, then helped Anna out of the passenger side and said, “We have a wonderful view of the waterway traffic, I hope this doesn’t bore you though.”
“No, it’s better than sitting in my room studying for hours on end. That’s usually what I did on a Saturday.”
Grayson then unlocked the tailgate and they climbed into the bed of his truck.
Anna cradled Grayson in her lap and they stared at the waterway.
A plate steel freighter slowly passed by.
Grayson and Anna waved at the crew, to which the captain sounded it’s horn.
“That’s headed for the steel works a few miles east of Melody,
they’re going to be building a ship with all that steel.”
“That’s interesting. What kind of stuff goes through the docks
where you work?”
“Mostly machines and petrochemicals are sent out and crude oil comes in. Now at the big port in Blues City, there’s that but also coffee, cocoa and vanilla beans, all kinds of fruits come in from other countries and they send out a lot of grain. They send out and also receive all kind of finished goods to and from other countries. I guess it makes the world go round.
“What are finished goods, exactly?”
“Like televisions, radios, smartphones, and computers that come in from the Far East. Our country sends out hand tools, guns, ammunition, and machinery.”
“Cool, I didn’t know that. You’re so smart!” Anna said as she
Grayson blushed, then continued to lay his head in Anna’s lap
Suddenly, he heard her stomach begin to growl.
The noise got louder.
Finally, he looked up at her and asked, “Are you hungry, Anna?”
“I’ll get us something then, there’s usually a food truck somewhere in the park. Come with me and I’ll flag it down.”
Grayson helped Anna out of the bed of his truck, then they walked around the park looking for the vending truck.
Finally, they saw it and Grayson flagged it down.
A foreign man opened the window and said, “What’ll it be?”
Grayson looked at Anna and asked, “Would you be all right if I got us each a turkey sandwich and an ice cream sundae?”
“Sure,” Anna said as she smiled with slight hesitation.
“Two turkey breast sandwiches dressed and the largest sundae you can make.”
Grayson handed the man a $20 bill and was given change. The crew then filled their order and handed them the food.
They walked back to the Grayson’s truck and began to eat the
Afterward, they ate the ice cream sundae.
“I’ll take the banana’s and you can have the cherries.” Anna said.
Both blushed afterwards.
“There’s another cherry I want you to have.” Anna said, then
giggled and covered her mouth.
“Believe me, I’ll take it, as soon as we’re married and there is a
banana I want you to have as well when that time comes.”
“Is it fresh or was it already peeled by someone else?”
Grayson blushed and said, “It’s totally fresh. Nobody ever wanted me until you. Why do you think I went through so much depression and drinking. It’s only by the Grace of God, that no other woman or girl ever made a pass at me while I was drinking in a bar-room.”
“That’s very hard to believe, as handsome as you are but I’ll
believe you because you always been up-front and honest with me.”
“If there was ever a time I didn’t regret being a twenty-two-year-old virgin, it’s now, because when we do make love, it will be very special-assuming you are too. I’m almost sure you are.”
“Of course I am, how else could I give you that cherry I am talking about. Anyway, my parents were so strict with me, but this moment and our wedding night will be the only times I don’t regret my strict upbringing.”
Grayson and Anna shared a very special kiss then and finished off the sundae.
In the distance, a tug boat with six barges was making its way through Melody. As it got closer, Anna asked, “What’s all those black rocks?”
“That’s coal. It’s probably headed to a power plant.”
“I thought coal wasn’t used anymore.”
“It’s no longer widely used to power ships or trains, but it is
still very much used to generate electricity, despite all stupid those regulations from bureaucrats in the state capitol as well as Washington D. C.”
“You sound sexy when you fuss.”
“Well all those crazy regulations do is kill jobs, I sometimes wonder about my job’s security if the city docks lose too much business. Of course, heavy equipment mechanics are needed almost everywhere no matter what.”
Anna rubbed Grayson’s face and said, “Well my mom is forbidden to work and my dad gets a very measly pay working for that crazy church, so I know poverty already and I’ll stay with you even if you ever lose your job.”
“Thank you, Anna, you’re very special to stay with me.”
“Because I love you, Grayson!”
“And I love you too. You have added so much value to my life just in the few days I have known you.”
Both began to heavily pet and kiss each other until a classmate of Anna’s showed up and began to make trouble.
Tauntingly, the girl walked up to Grayson’s truck and said, “Look at little miss Charlene Church, she finally has a boyfriend.” She paused and then continued, “I think I’m going to tell your parents about him, I bet they won’t like it.”
Grayson whispered to Anna, “Do you know this nasty thing that
walked up here?”
Anna replied, “That’s Andrea Graves. Many guys think she is hot. She’s always so mean to me.”
“I don’t like her at all and I wish she was gone.”
The girl began to fondle her breasts through her tank top and finger her genitals through her biker shorts in front of Grayson and Anna.
Grayson began to lose his temper and said, “Why don’t you get
“Don’t be so rude, you know I could do so many things with you that I bet Anna Ryan would never ever do.”
Even angrier, Grayson continued, “You, are a nasty little skank. Furthermore, I love Anna with all my heart and I would never cheat on her.”
“There must be something wrong with you.”
“Yes, I guess I have a low tolerance for hateful and fake people.”
“I’m not that bad once you get to know me.”
“I don’t want to get to know you. Now kindly leave.”
“Maybe I don’t want to. It’s a free country after all.”
“That doesn’t give you the right to harass me or Anna.”
The girl then dropped her sunglasses, then turned her backside
towards Grayson and bent over to pick them up.
Grayson shouted, “I don’t want to see your nasty, stinky, venereal disease-ridden body parts, so please quickly pick those sunglasses up and go elsewhere.”
“I was hoping you’d like the view, but maybe you need your eyes and head examined.”
“Not in your wildest dream, I don’t want you. I only want Anna,
period! And if you don’t leave us alone, I’ll call the cops on you.”
“My family knows the police chief, the cops won’t do me anything.”
Anna was now extremely irritated and then said, “Don’t I have to deal with you enough at school? Why don’t you go screw some jock or something.”
“Maybe I want your man?”
“You can’t have him.”
“How are you going to back that claim to him up? I mean I could easily kick your butt if I wanted to.”
Grayson was completely fed up at this point and pulled his shotgun out of the storage box in his truck bed, pumped it, pointed it at Andrea, then said, “If you lay one finger on Anna, you will have many new holes in your body for all the boys to play with. That is if you indeed survive.”
“Okay, I’m going. You don’t have to be such a douche bag.”
Anna told her, “He’s not a douche bag, he just loves me. You
aren’t loved, you’re just screwed.”
“This isn’t over. Your man cannot protect you when you’re at
Grayson said, “God will protect her though, and by the way, that’s Someone Whom you should consider allowing in your life because you obviously need Him, whether you admit it or not.”
“There is no God!” Andrea shouted, then finally left.
Grayson picked his gun up and locked it in the storage box.
He then looked at Anna soberly and said, “I’m sorry you had to see me act that way, but I couldn’t allow her to harm you.”
Anna replied as she rubbed the hairs on Grayson’s chest, “You
don’t have to apologize for anything. You just chose me over whom many think is the hottest girl in the whole school. I feel on top of the world.”
“You’re so much more beautiful than her, both inside and out.”
“Grayson, you’re definitely making me want to commit that sin with you, more than ever.”
“Don’t be. You just turn me on so much.”
A towboat pushing a barge loaded with offshore drilling rig parts slowly passed by.
Both watched, amazed by the size of the equipment.
“That machinery you see there is going out to sea, to help drill for oil and gas which fuels the country,” Grayson explained.
“We would ride our bikes to church and had to cross this canal and my dad would get so angry when the bridge was out to let the boats pass because we would be disciplined for being tardy at church services. My mom would always complain about the deckhands and say how they were awful men and try to hide me from them. Sometimes they would even pray that all these industries would fail,” Anna replied.
“Wow, that Darryl Crocket sure did a number on your parents. Maybe your church should move to a better location or better yet shut down. Yes, some of those deckhands are a little wild, but most of them are hardworking young men and sometimes women who want to provide a better life for their families. And if these industries fail, like your parents pray for, I would have to move elsewhere to find employment.”
“I would go with you, if you have to move.”
“I’d be heartbroken if you didn’t.”
“Rest assured, Grayson, I want you forever!” Anna said as she
Grayson kissed her in return.
Their kissing became sweeter and more passionate as they lay in the bed of the truck.
The captain of the boat sounded the horn, in response to witnessing them making out, which startled both Grayson and Anna.
Both giggled to each other afterward.
The temperature began to rise until it became hot.
Anna breathed heavily being clad in thick denim overalls.
Grayson looked at his watch. It was now 1:30 PM.
“Would you like to go to the library, where it’s cool?”
They climbed out of the bed of his truck, then Grayson opened the door for Anna.
She stepped into the passenger seat then kissed him affectionately.
Grayson then climbed into the driver’s seat and they headed to the library.
They walked through the automatic doors and were hit by a blast of cold air.
Grayson and Anna both set their smart-phones to vibrate only mode.
They walked around the library and Anna curiously looked at all the items on display.
They came to the romance novels section where Anna sat down and began to read them.
“These give me much inspiration for my writing, even though I was always forbidden from reading them,” She said.
“Well, enjoy them as much as you wish,” Grayson replied.
Grayson sat next to Anna and read the daily newspapers.
Afterward, he went to the historical section of the library and
looked up some literature on the beginnings of the Port of Melody, his employer.
Hours past as they sat together and read.
It was now 4:55 PM and it was announced that the library would soon be closing.
“Would you like to get something to eat, Anna?”
“I learned how to make Shepherd’s Pie the other day in FACS class. Could I make you some?”
“Sure, that would be nice. I didn’t realize you could cook.”
“Oh, yes. I was expected to be a housewife, so naturally, I was
always taught how to cook.”
“Well, then we’ll go to The West Side Grocer and get what we need.”
Anna smiled and said, “Let’s go.”
Grayson walked Anna to his truck then opened the door and helped her in.
He then got in on the driver’s side and started the engine.
They drove to The West Side Grocer.
Upon arrival, Grayson helped Anna out of his truck, then they took a shopping cart and entered.
Once again, they were hit by a blast of cool air as they walked
through the automatic doors.
“What do we need to make shepherd’s pie?” Grayson asked.
“Three large potatoes, a stick of butter, an onion, corn, carrots,
green peas, ground meat, broth, Worcestershire sauce, shredded Cheddar Cheese, salt and pepper.”
“I think we can get all of that here. I’ve already got salt and
pepper at my cabin.”
First, they went to the produce section and got the potatoes and onion. Then they went on the aisles and got the broth and Worcestershire sauce. They walked to the back end of the store to get the ground meat, then to the dairy to get the butter and cheese. Finally, they went to the frozen foods section to get the carrots and green peas.
Suddenly, Anna became highly distressed.
Grayson could see Anna was visibly upset and asked, “Baby, what’s the matter?”
Anna pointed further down the freezer cases and said, “Look over there Brother Darryl’s wife is in this store, she is getting collard greens for the church dinner tomorrow. If she sees me with you, she’ll make a scene.”
“I’ll protect you.”
“She’s whipped me when I was younger and she carries a gun in that big purse of hers.”
“Do you think she would actually shoot us?”
“Me, maybe. You, definitely, for taking me away from the church. She thinks she’d be doing ‘The Lord’s Work.'”
“We’ll have find a hiding spot, then. God, I feel so weak, but all
I have is my Snap On pocket knife and my Pelican penlight. They’re no match for a pistol of any caliber. If only I had my twelve gauge shotgun with me like earlier today.”
“Don’t worry about feeling weak Grayson, because I want you to be safe so you can be by my side forever. Besides, I want to have you alive and kicking on our wedding night.”
“We need to pray that God protects us.”
Both silently prayed, holding hands.
A stocker came walking up to them and said “I overheard your conversation. I’ll be glad to hide both of you in the warehouse until that woman leaves the store.”
“Couldn’t you get fired for bringing us back there though?”
“It wouldn’t matter, I hate this God awful job anyway. Just follow me.”
The three walked to the warehouse. The stocker pulled out his
penlight, a AAA Mini Maglite LED, to light up the darker areas.
“I carry one like that too, but mine is a Pelican,” Grayson said,
pulling his out.
“My girlfriend bought it for me. I always have it on me because it reminds me of her.”
“I got mine at a gun and knife store, while on vacation earlier
“So what does this dangerous woman look like?” The stocker asked.
“She’s tall, black and heavyset. She has a greyish-white wig and glasses. She is carrying a large brown purse and is wearing a purple dress,” Anna replied.
“I’ll call my friend in customer service to have the cart pushers
let me know when she leaves the store.”
The stocker pulled his cell phone out of his pants pocket and
placed the call.
Grayson and Anna listened.
“Hey.” “I have a young couple with me who feel threatened by a
suspicious customer. They know she’ll make trouble with them, so I have them hiding in the warehouse. She’s tall, black and heavy with a
greyish-white wig, glasses and wearing a purple dress. She has a large brown purse and in that purse is a pistol of some sort, so don’t engage her, just have the cart pushers let you know when she is off the premises, then tell me.” “Okay, thank you very much.” “All right, bye.”
The stocker then looked at Grayson and Anna and said, “They’ll let us know when she’s gone and you can shop safely again.”
“You don’t know how we appreciate this,” Anna said.
“Yes, thank you very much, sir. I have a twelve gauge in my truck, but it’s not like I could use it to protect myself in here.”
“How do you know this woman?”
“I don’t know her as of yet, and Thank God!” Grayson said.
“I’m the one that knows her,” Anna replied, then continued, “I
used to go to church with her. You know the crazy Pentecostal church where the members must dress a certain way, can’t drive cars, can’t own cell phones and other crazy rules. My boyfriend rescued me from that church and my abusive parents and that is why that woman would want to harm him. She beat me, too, when I was younger.”
“I know all about that church. The members shop here all the time, I cringe whenever I have to wait on one of them.” He paused then said, “If I could have any job, I’d be a writer, but I cannot get my foot in the door and I have to take care of my girlfriend, so I keep this job.”
“I once wrote a story about a young couple like that, where the young guy keeps a God awful job so he can take care of his girlfriend,” Anna said.
“And I once wrote a story about a couple very similar to both of you, where a young man rescues a young lady from an abusive church. That is the main reason why I wanted to help you two,” The stocker replied.
“Do you read your stories to your girlfriend?” Grayson asked.
“Of course I do and she loves them.”
“Anna reads her stories to me as well.”
“Do you like it when she reads them to you?”
“Absolutely. She is a literary genius. I mean, if her stories can
keep the full attention of a simple dockyard mechanic like me, she must be doing something right.”
“Oh, Grayson, you’re making me blush!” Anna said.
“My girlfriend tells me that too, all the time. She usually says
afterward though that it is a wonderful feeling. And she is so cute when she blushes. I love her so much and I am so blessed to have her in my life.”
“You said ‘blessed’ instead of ‘lucky.’ Tell me are you a
Christian?” Anna asked.
“I am. But I could be so much better than where I am now.”
“Well so could we, but remember we’re not perfect, just forgiven.”
“What about your girlfriend; is she saved?” Grayson asked.
“I’m not sure.”
“Try to talk about it with her gently. If you love her, then
you’ll want her to be saved as well.” Anna added in.
“Okay, I will tell her. But if she rejects The Gospel, which I
fervently pray she won’t, I will still want her and I don’t care if I am unequally yoked because I love her that much.”
“We’ll definitely pray for you and for her,” Grayson said.
“Maybe there could be a double wedding, Grayson and I along with you and your girlfriend.” Anna said.
“I’ll have to buy her a ring, which I don’t make enough money to
buy one. She always says that her dad can help me become successfully published,” The stocker replied.
“Well, either which way, let’s all keep in touch. I figure you and
I could be friends and Anna and your girlfriend could be friends. What is your name, anyway?”
“Garth Cooper.” The stocker replied.
“And your girlfriend’s name?” Anna asked.
“Samantha Abbott.” The stocker replied again.
They exchanged phone numbers and then there was a bit of silence.
Suddenly the stocker’s phone rang.
“Hello”. “Okay, I’ll let them know.” “Thanks for helping me.”
“That awful woman has left the premises. Both of you can safely resume your shopping.”
“Thank you for protecting us,” Grayson said.
“It was my pleasure. You know it’s much better than stocking dry goods all day and into the night.”
He then escorted Grayson and Anna back onto the sales floor, then shook both their hands.
“I think we have all we need, right?” Anna said.
“One more thing, 2 Liters of Wild Cherry Pepsi, to drink with dinner. Would you also drink that or is there something else you would like for me to buy you?” Grayson said.
“Some sweet tea would be fine.”
“Is Brisk okay?”
“Then I’ll get 2 Liters of Lipton Brisk as well.”
“Thank you, Grayson.”
“Anything for you, Anna.”
Grayson and Anna walked to the soft drinks aisle and placed the bottles in their cart and then they walked to the cashier to check out.
Soon all of their groceries were bagged and Grayson paid with his debit card.
They walked out of the store and to Grayson’s truck. Grayson opened the doors and both he and Anna placed the groceries behind his seats. He then helped Anna into the passenger side and closed the door. He then entered on the driver’s side and started the engine.
As they drove back to the cabin, Anna said, “I hope the dinner comes out all right. It was pretty good in FACS class.”
“I think you’ll do fine and if not, I’ll just get us takeout of
“You’re so sweet, Grayson. Most of the men at my church beat their wives if they ruin dinner.”
“Anna, not only do I love you, but I also revere you, and would never do such a thing,” Grayson soberly replied.
“Both my parents beat me and other church members beat me in the past as well.”
“As long as I can help it they never will again. If they do,
though I have something in the storage box of my truck and another one in my nightstand drawer to deal with them.”
“You don’t know how they would retaliate though and they would probably have you arrested too.”
“Why can’t they just leave you alone?”
“It’s because they love power, not God. They especially love power over other people and when they lose any amount of that power, they get very vengeful.”
“Should we be worried then?”
“I am very worried about what stunts could be pulled. But I love you and would rather be with you, no matter what drama happens.”
“I love you too, Anna and if I wasn’t driving on a major
thoroughfare, I’d kiss you.”
“I can kiss you though.”
Anna pecked Grayson multiple times on his bearded cheek, then she rested her head on his shoulder until they arrived at his cabin. Grayson got out of his truck, then helped Anna out of it as well and took the groceries as they walked into Grayson’s kitchen.
Grayson then asked Anna, “Would you like me to help you prepare dinner?”
“That would be nice. Most of the men at the church I used to go to would sit in their recliners and demand that their wives prepare dinner without lifting finger.”
“I don’t ever want to be like them. What can I do to help?”
“Well, you could dice the potatoes.”
“I”m on it, Anna.”
Grayson began to dice the potatoes as Anna placed the ground meat in a skillet. She then placed the ground meat on the stove and turned a burner on.
As Anna saw the blue flame ignite, she said, “When we lived in the city, we had a gas stove. I had forgotten how easy it is to cook on one.”
“Yes. I subscribe to gas for my water heater and stove.”
“Well there is an electric stove in my parents” trailer and not
only does it take forever to get hot, half the burners don”t work.”
“Well for cooking and having hot water, I wanted gas, but for the central heat and dryer, I wanted electric because it”s easier to fix plus I don”t have to worry about Carbon Monoxide poisoning.”
“You know how to fix your heater and dryer?”
“Yes. A friend of mine taught me.”
“How do you know him?”
“He frequently comes to the dockyards where I work. He’s got a lot of time on his hands because despite having two trade school diplomas can”t get a job to save his life.”
“He”s got mental issues like me but worse off to where his condition and it definitely requires medicine. The medicine he takes disqualifies him from just about every job worth taking, so he”s able to get disability, thank God.”
“How old is he?”
“I think he made thirty this year. Why do you ask?”
“Because, I have a female cousin who is like that, maybe they would make a nice couple. She lives in the city and is twenty-three-years-old.”
“Would her parents act like yours?”
“No. In fact, when my parents told Darryl Crockett about her, he said she was demon-possessed. They then tried to convince her parents to take her off her medication. When they listened to the psychiatrist instead, of demanding a miracle from God, Darryl Crocket forced them not to talk to that part of the family anymore. It’s a shame because I really miss that part of the
“Well now that you have a smart-phone, maybe you could look them up on Facebook.”
“Yes. Maybe I’ll friend suggest my cousin and your friend to be
friends on there as well. What is his name?”
“Aron Mahler. You realize he was recently divorced. Maybe she wouldn’t want him.”
“I think it would be all right. From what I heard she was engaged, but to someone who constantly two timed her. Would he do that to her?”
“I doubt it with all my being. He was cheated on as well because he couldn’t properly provide for his wife. But then again she wanted more than he could afford. What is her name?”
“And she wouldn’t think he is too old for her?”
“I don’t think so.”
“Okay because he has been hurt enough in his life.”
“She wouldn’t hurt him, she just wants to be loved.”
“That’s what he wants as well. Now the potatoes are done. What do you need next?”
“We need to boil and mash them.”
“Okay, I’ll get a pot of water going.”
“And I’ll check on the ground meat.”
Grayson drew some tap water from his sink into a pot along with the potatoes then placed it on a burner and turned it on.
Meanwhile, Anna saw that the ground meat was almost completely browned.
“Do you have a thermometer?” She asked.
“Yes. It’s in my kitchen gadgets drawer.”
“The drawer near the window. There’s a weather radio above it.”
Anna looked around in the drawer until she saw a Taylor kitchen thermometer in a blue sleeve.
“This is it, right?” She asked.
Grayson looked at it and said, “It sure is.”
“I believe 160 degrees is the safe temperature for cooked ground meat. Let’s see if the thermometer reads that.”
Anna took the pot off the fire then placed the thermometer into the center of the ground meat. The needle began to move. It finally stopped around 162 Degrees. When checked several other spots. The needled didn’t go below 160 degrees.
“Now as soon as the potatoes are done boiling we need to add salt pepper and butter then mash them.”
Grayson looked at the pot saw that the water was at a rolling boil.
Anna placed a fork through one of the potato cubes.
“Just a few more minutes,” She said, “In the mean-time, I could teach you how to peel and cut the onion.”
“Anna please don’t think that I am using you to learn how to cook to impress other girls and women, because I only want you.”
“I didn’t even think that, so don’t worry, Grayson.”
“Okay, just making sure you know how much you mean to me.”
“I think I do,” Anna told him with a kiss.
She then showed Grayson how to peel and dice the onion.
Afterward, they took the frozen peas and carrots out of the bag and combined them with the Worcestershire Sauce, the diced onion and ground meat.
Meanwhile, Grayson checked the potatoes and realized they were now soft from the boiling.
Anna strained then added butter and mashed them.
She then placed the meat and vegetables in a pan, then placed the mashed potatoes on top of them. She then sprinkled some shredded cheese on the very top of the dish.
“Now, all I need to do is preheat the oven to four hundred degrees and once that temperature is reached, bake the dish for thirty minutes,” Anna said happily.
“Well I’ll cover the pan and set it on the counter until the oven reaches four hundred degrees,” Grayson said, then continued, “Why don’t we snuggle on the sofa and wait, the oven will beep when it’s ready.”
“Good deal,” Anna said as she set the oven then they went sit down in the living room.
A few minutes passed by, then the oven beeped indicating that it was ready to cook the meal.
“I’ll put it in, you’ve done plenty already,” Grayson said.
Anna smiled and kissed him.
Grayson placed the pan in the oven, then closed the door.
He then went back to sit with Anna on the sofa.
“How can we time it for thirty minutes?” Anna asked.
“I can use the timer feature on my G-Shock,” Grayson replied.
“Good, because I don’t want the dish to burn.”
“I’m setting it right now.”
Grayson set his watch to go off in thirty minutes, then he and Anna sat on the sofa and watched the end of the local news.
“After we started going to Brother Darryl’s church, my parents got rid of their TV.”
“Well, I’ll admit that there is a lot of anti-Christian content on television, but it does keep me entertained and informed. I only got cable because it comes bundled with my home phone and Internet service.”
“It’s been years since I watched any TV, let alone cable.”
“Well here, you can watch whatever you want,” Grayson said as he handed Anna the remote.
Anna flipped through the guide feature until she saw that The Notebook was playing.
“I was always curious about that movie. Brother Darryl sure preached several ear fulls about how sinful it is.”
“Well I always wanted someone to watch those kinds of movies with, but I never did until you came into my life.”
“Let’s watch it as dinner cooks then we can also watch it as we eat.”
Together they watched The Notebook, already in progress.
“Noah definitely reminds me of one of the characters in the stories I write. I think he looks like you as well, but you’re cuter than him, Grayson.”
“What’s really amazing though is that you look like Allie, but much prettier!”
“You’re making me want to commit that sin with you, Grayson.”
“But dinner would burn.”
They held each other on the sofa as they watched the movie.
Soon Grayson’s G-Shock beeped, indicating that dinner was ready.
They both walked to the kitchen and Anna removed the baking pan.
She served both herself and Grayson.
Grayson then poured their drinks.
They took their plates and walked back into the living room to continue watching The Notebook.
The movie had their undivided attention as they ate and even after they finished eating.
Grayson and Anna set their plates on the coffee table and then fell asleep in each other’s arms.
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